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The Journal Gazette

Friday, February 09, 2018 1:00 am

College Basketball

IPFW falls in early 21-3 hole, never recovers

Staff, news services

VERMILLION, S.D. – Triston Simpson and Matt Mooney each scored 17 points and South Dakota defeated IPFW 86-69 on Thursday in a game in which the Coyotes never trailed.

South Dakota (21-6, 9-2 Summit League) built an 11-0 lead in the first three minutes and cruised from there. IPFW's Bryson Scott hit a free throw and a layup before South Dakota went on a 10-0 run, including a pair of 3-pointers by Brandon Armstrong, to make it 21-3.

The Coyotes led 45-23 at intermission and maintained a double-digit lead the entire second half. Nick Fuller scored 14 and Tyler Peterson and Tyler Hagedorn each scored 10 for the Coyotes. South Dakota shot 61 percent (36 of 59) and had 18 assists.

Scott paced IPFW (16-11, 5-5) with 23 points, and John Konchar scored 18 with 12 rebounds, including seven on the offensive end.

No. 21 NORTH CAROLINA 82, No. 9 DUKE 78: In Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Joel Berry II scored 21 points as the Tar Heelsrallied from 12 down in the first half in the renewal of the fierce rivalry.

Kenny Williams made six 3-pointers and matched his career high with 20 points for North Carolina (18-7, 7-5 Atlantic Coast Conference), which roared out of halftime with a 16-2 run that erased what was left of Duke's early lead.

Cameron Johnson added 18 points and 13 rebounds to help the Tar Heels overcome the Blue Devils' significant size advantage to own the glass (28-17) after halftime.

North Carolina led by as many as 10 and saw Duke get to within 74-71 late, but the Tar Heels did just enough to hang on. Theo Pinson punctuated the win with a dunk off the press break with 11.1 seconds left to seal it.

Gary Trent Jr. scored 16 points to lead the Blue Devils (19-5, 7-4), who have lost two straight.

The Blue Devils were coming off Saturday's loss to a St. John's team that was 0-11 in the Big East.

Women

MINNESOTA 78, PURDUE 74: In West Lafayette, the Boilermakers closed strong with a 21-12 fourth-quarter run, but it wasn't enough.

Kenisha Bell led Minnesota (18-6, 7-4) with 22 points and nine assists.

Ae'Rianna Harris' 19 points and 11 rebounds paced Purdue (16-9, 7-4), which got 11 points and five assists from Homestead graduate Karissa McLaughlin. Purdue's home winning streak ended at seven games.

INDIANA 70, ILLINOIS 54: In Bloomington, the Hoosiers (13-12, 6-6) were clinging to a 14-10 lead before a 21-13 second-quarter run.

Amanda Cahill had 20 points and Kym Royster added 19 for Indiana.

Illinois (9-17, 0-12) got 21 points from Brandi Beasley, who was 9 of 16 from the field.